• Air New Zealand's new business class seat launches late 2019

    Air New Zealand will debut an upgraded version of its Business Premier international business class seat by the end of 2019, ahead of the debut of an all-new business class seat in the early 2020s. That next-gen seat – currently under development at a secret site dubbed 'Hangar 22' –...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2019 9 Comments

  • Air New Zealand now offers free WiFi on all flights

    Air New Zealand is setting the Internet free, with passengers on all of its WiFi-enabled aircraft able to stay connected above the clouds without spending a cent. The Star Alliance member already has high-speed WiFi fitted to most of its Boeing 777 jets, which are typically seen on trans-Tasman,...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2019 2 Comments

  • What it's like to fly on Air New Zealand's new Airbus A321neo

    Air New Zealand’s first and factory-fresh Airbus A321neo is now flying, making its debut as NZ739 from Auckland to Brisbane on Friday November 23, and soon to appear on flights to Sydney and Melbourne as well. It’s the first of 13 new Airbus ‘neo’ (New Engine Option) airc...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2018 20 Comments

  • Five things you need to know about Air New Zealand's Airbus A321neo

    Air New Zealand's first Airbus A321neo jets will take wing from late November, darting between Auckland and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as the Star Alliance member seeks to sharpen its edge on the competitive trans-Tasman market. An upgraded version of AirNZ's workhorse Airbus A320 family, th...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2018 50 Comments

  • Air New Zealand revamps Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch lounges

    Star Alliance member Air New Zealand will revamp or replace five of its New Zealand domestic airport lounges over the next two years, covering facilities in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson and Tauranga. At the centre of the NZD$60 million works will be an all-new Regional Lounge at Au...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • AirNZ offers Star Alliance Gold status match to Qantas, Virgin flyers

    Air New Zealand is looking to bolster its frequent flyer ranks by raiding the Gold-grade ranks of competing airlines with the promise of an instant status match to its Airpoints Gold / Star Alliance Gold tier. The Kiwi airline's 'Touch of Gold' promotion is limited to residents of Australia and ...

    POSTED 11 Sep, 2018 53 Comments

  • Qantas Platinum, Gold frequent flyers get AirNZ lounge access

    Qantas’ top-tier frequent flyers will have access to Air New Zealand’s network of domestic lounges when flying with Air New Zealand from 28 October 2018 as the partnership between the Aussie and Kiwi carriers kicks into gear. Card-carrying Qantas Gold, Platinum Platinum One and of co...

    POSTED 25 Jul, 2018 9 Comments

  • Earning Qantas points, status credits on Air New Zealand flights

    Qantas travellers members will be able to earn Qantas frequent flyer points and status credits on selected Air New Zealand flights starting 28 October 2018 through a new partnership between the Aussie and Kiwi carriers. That tie-ups replaces the alliance between Virgin Australia and Air New Zeal...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2018 7 Comments

  • Earning Air New Zealand Airpoints, status credits on Qantas flights

    Air New Zealand's Airpoints members will be able to earn frequent flyer points on domestic Qantas flights as of October 28, 2018 – however, status points will not included in the codeshare deal. The Qantas tie-up, which sees the Flying Kangaroo replace challenger Virgin Australia as A...

    POSTED 23 Jul, 2018 3 Comments

  • Which Qantas lounges can Air New Zealand Airpoints Golds, Elites use?

    Air New Zealand's Airpoints frequent flyers will enjoy have access to Qantas Clubs around Australia under the newly-forged alliance between the two airlines. As of October 28, 2018, Airpoints Elite and Gold members booked on a codeshare flight with Qantas will find the doors swing open for them ...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2018 10 Comments

  • Fare Deal: Fly Air NZ business to LA or San Francisco from $4291

    If you’re heading stateside, save hundreds with this exclusive fare deal with Air New Zealand to the West Coast of the United States. This special offer is valid for travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to either Los Angeles or San Francisco. You’ll be flying in Air New Zealand...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2018 0 Comments

  • Shock Qantas, Air New Zealand alliance will take on Virgin Australia

    Qantas and Air New Zealand will join forces in a codeshare partnership intended to isolate Virgin Australia, a former AirNZ ally but now common enemy to both airlines. The alliance will see Qantas stamp its QF code onto 30 domestic AirNZ services across New Zealand, while the Kiwi carrier will i...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2018 96 Comments

  • Reader review: Air New Zealand inflight WiFi (Auckland-LAX)

    With 2Mbps top speeds and an NZ$30 pricetag, Air New Zealand's Boeing 777 WiFi service asks too much for too little. For an airline which likes to consider itself as being technology-forward, Air New Zealand is a late-comer to inflight Internet and you could be forgiven for wondering if the dela...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 5 Comments

  • Air New Zealand is developing an all-new business class seat

    Behind closed doors and with tightly-sealed lips, Air New Zealand is working on an all-new business class seat to replace its decade-old sleeper. The seat is expected to crown the pointy end of AirNZ's forthcoming non-stop flights to New York and other far-afield destinations on the Boeing ...

    POSTED 14 May, 2018 19 Comments

  • Three ways Virgin Australia intends to win against Air New Zealand

    TALKING POINT | The messy break-up between Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand is not reading from the familiar script. None of this "we have come to a mutual decision, we still love each other and will always respect one another" stuff. Instead, the airlines have gone from partners to pug...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 38 Comments

  • Air New Zealand adds trans-Tasman flights

    Less than a week after announcing the end of its alliance with Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand has fired the first volley in a trans-Tasman war which will see the former partners become rivals. The Kiwi carrier says it will "introduce additional services" on the Sydney-Auckland, Melbourne-Auck...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2018 24 Comments

  • Flying trans-Tasman with Virgin, AirNZ: what happens now?

    Travelling trans-Tasman with Virgin Australia or Air New Zealand over the coming year, and wondering what’ll happen to your booking and flight experience now that the two airlines are breaking up? You’re not alone – and while the airlines’ entire game plan isn’t on ...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2018 46 Comments

  • Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand end trans-Tasman alliance

    Air New Zealand has pulled the plug on its trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia, with the two airlines set to part ways from October 28, 2018. The move will see an end to codeshare arrangements on each other's trans-Tasman flights and is also likely to impact lounge access, earning of fre...

    POSTED 4 Apr, 2018 147 Comments

  • Can the new ultra-long non-stop flights really save you much time?

    Like it or not, we're entering the era of ultra-long distance travel – a world where flight times can stretch to 20 hours and stopovers are optional. It could be argued that we're already there, at least in the case of Qantas' daily Airbus A380 flight between Sydney and Dallas/Forth Worth....

    POSTED 4 Apr, 2018 23 Comments

  • Canberra eyes Qantas flights to Wellington, AirNZ to Auckland

    With flights to Singapore and Doha already taking wing, Canberra Airport is now looking to add New Zealand to its network map. Managing Director of Canberra Airport, Stephen Byron, considers trans-Tasman travel as “the piece that's missing” – or will be missing from May 1, when...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2018 31 Comments

  • Will Air New Zealand gazump Qantas with direct flights to Chicago?

    Is Air New Zealand about to beat Qantas to the punch by announcing non-stop flights to Chicago? That's the current buzz, based on a forthcoming visit to the land of the long white cloud by former US President and son of Chicago Barack Obama. The New Zealand Herald reports the visit, set fo...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2018 12 Comments

  • Virgin Australia, AirNZ boost Brisbane-Auckland flights

    Virgin Australia and its trans-Tasman alliance partner Air New Zealand will ramp up flights between Brisbane and Auckland next year, with up to five additional return flights each week. Running between April and October 2018, the new flights boost the duo’s offering to up to 34 weekly retu...

    POSTED 14 Dec, 2017 5 Comments

  • First look: Air New Zealand's Perth Airport Star Alliance lounge

    With Air New Zealand's Perth Airport business class lounge now open for travellers, what's in store behind that frosted glass door? In short: an impressive pre-flight experience for the Kiwi carrier's business class passengers, top-tier frequent flyers and Koru Club members – and their e...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2017 19 Comments

  • Air New Zealand opens new Perth Airport business class lounge

    Air New Zealand opens its all-new Perth Airport lounge this week, adding a fourth classy lounge to its Australian network. The lounge will share a similar design to its east coast siblings in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, which in turn draw from the contemporary look of the Ki...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2017 15 Comments

  • Air New Zealand: year-round Boeing 787 Adelaide-Auckland flights

    UPDATE | Air New Zealand will fly its Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Adelaide year-round following a seasonal stint this summer. With the Adelaide-Auckland Dreamliner flights originally slated to end on March 25 2018 – reverting to an all-economy Airbus A320 – that means Adelaide flyers ca...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2017 27 Comments

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